There’s so much to do on a family-friendly holiday in Pembrokeshire that it can be tricky to narrow it down, especially if you only have a few days here. Here are some of our top picks for things to do with children in and around St Davids.
Just a couple of miles outside Solva is this absolute gem, for kids and adults alike! Pointz Castle Ice Cream is a working dairy farm that makes their own ice cream and sell it alongside great coffee inside a converted barn on the farm. We recommend parking up, and once you have your ice cream in hand wander down through the fields to Pointz Castle beach below. It’s a wonderfully sheltered cove perfect for listening to the waves roll in while the kids tuck into ice cream and get exploring.
Crabbing at Solva harbour
Like everything on this list, crabbing is an activity that, while supposedly for kids, will have adults getting just as into it. The quay at Solva harbour is the perfect location for a spot of crabbing at high tide. It is an active harbour, so do keep an eye out and respect the fishermen and boats coming and going while you have your fun. All you need is a bucket, line and some bait (bacon will do!) and you’re all set for literally hours of fun.
Once you’re all crabbed out, we recommend a stroll along the harbour to 35 Main Street for fish and chips on the terrace, or get them to take away and sit on the beach!
Oriel Y Parc, the tourist information centre in St Davids, is a brilliant option if you’re looking for family-friendly activities in Pembrokeshire. Their exhibitions are fantastic and they often have craft workshops going on which are perfect for rainy days. If the weather is playing ball, pick up a map of the St Davids Summer Fun Trail!
Fuel up before you set off with breakfast at Pilgrims Cafe next door!
Beach Clean at Whitesands
The beaches on the St Davids Peninsula are some of the cleanest around, and we all work together to keep it that way! A mini beach clean is a great way for children to learn about caring for the environment while they are doing just that. Either take a bin bag with you or pick up a bag and grabber from some of the stations dotted around various beaches. Reward your efforts with lunch from Whitesands Beach House while watching the local surfers do their thing in the waves.
Rockpooling at Caerfai
Pembrokeshire is bursting with wildlife that fascinates people of all ages. Rockpooling is not only fun, but a brilliant way to start to identify different kinds of creatures that live in the sea or cling to rocks on the shore. Oriel Y Parc is a great source for books or leaflets to help, or if you’d like to relax and enjoy the learning too, book a Coastal Explorer trip with TYF Adventure. Experienced guides will talk you through all the things you find, and you will wonder at just how much there is to know about seaweed!
We recommend packing a picnic with goodies from St Davids Food & Wine before heading down to Caerfai to explore.
This is a must-visit when on the St Davids Peninsula with children. Book a tour and you will not only learn about creepy crawlies but have a chance to handle some too! It’s a fantastic half-day out, with bug gardens and a play area to keep the little ones entertained. A huge part of the experience is, of course, Grub Kitchen. This is the on-site cafe which serves food made with, you guessed it, bugs! Think cricket burgers and ants on your salad. They serve non-buggy food too, but we highly recommend giving the bugs a go.
This is a unique experience for the whole family to enjoy. Sweet Home Alpaca is home to a friendly family of furry alpacas, and you can now join them for their daily walk. They are fascinating creatures, and the keepers are so knowledgable that you’ll be sharing alpaca facts for a long time to come!
Head to the stunning ruins of the Bishops Palace next to St Davids Cathedral for a few hours of cultural and historical exploring, and of course plenty of hide and seek! The vast lawn in the centre of the Palace lends itself perfectly to cartwheels for the kids as the grown-ups take in the scenery.
Folly Farm is an ideal day out whatever the weather. Once simply a farm open to the public with a Shire horse as it’s main feature, this is now Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, with lots more to see and do! Fairground rides, penguins, a petting zoo and loads more will keep the kids (and big kids) entertained all day long.
The perfect way to step back in time to immerse in the past and learn some new (or old!) skills. This recreated Iron Age fort is fascinating as well as fun, and children will love having their faces painted, grinding flour and learning all about our ancestors in a hands-on way. Great whatever the weather!